Eco-netting: a critical evaluation of the Internet as a delivery channel of environmental community information

Braun, Patrice (1997) Eco-netting: a critical evaluation of the Internet as a delivery channel of environmental community information. Masters (Research) thesis, James Cook University of North Queensland.

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This study explores the nexus between information technology and information delivery by ascertaining the potential benefits of a community Internet website as a delivery channel for environmental information. In the broader sense this study examines computer-mediated communication for pedagogic community use.

Results from a community questionnaire designed to identify the scope and nature of a community's environmental information needs, environmental information gathering methods, satisfaction level with the current environmental information flow, computer literacy and online interest were used as the content and design basis for a prototype environmental community website. Subsequent website evaluation by focus groups indicates that when an online environmental database is tailored to a community's environmental information and online needs, it is potentially an effective means of disseminating environmental community information. In addition, if the environmental website's interface design targets a community's online user profile and related technological expections, it has the potential to enhance the dissemination of online environmental community information.

Implications of the study are that audience sophistication, diversity of information, tentacularity (to coin an appropriate term) and hybridity are crucial considerations in community website design.

Item ID: 47411
Item Type: Thesis (Masters (Research))
Keywords: community access; community information; information and communications technology (ITC); information delivery; information dissemination; information needs; information technology (IT); Internet; online; websites; World Wide Web (WWW); W3
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2017 05:05
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies @ 50%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080612 Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890301 Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services @ 100%
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